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Foster youth switch schools at huge rate

on Sat, 09/28/2013 - 08:42
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Foster youth switch schools at huge rate

Foster care children most vulnerable to school failure, drop out

It’s well known that foster youth change schools more frequently than other students, but a new study using pioneering data analysis shows foster youth are more than twice as likely to switch schools as their classmates.

Researchers at UC Berkeley’s Center for Social Services Research and at the Institute for Evidence-Based Change, a nonprofit based in Encinitas, found that about 95 percent of foster youth changed schools the first year they were placed in care compared to 37 percent to 38 percent of students in a comparison

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New NT children's commissioner says child protection dept in crisis

on Sat, 09/21/2013 - 10:24
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Minister for Children and Families, the Hon John Elferink MLA

The Northern Territory has a new Minister for Children and Families, the Hon John Elferink MLA and a new Chief Executive, Jodeen Carney. Chief Minister Adam Giles made the announcement on Monday 9 September.

The Northern Territory's child protection department is in crisis, according to the Children's Commissioner Howard Bath.

This week the Territory government swore in its third child protection minister in just one year.

The past 12 months has also seen a revolving door of people heading up the department responsible for child protection.

Howard Bath spoke to AM's Sara Everingham.

HOWARD BATH:

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Bid to change the Victoria's adoption legislation failed

on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 04:37
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Bid to change the Victoria's adoption legislation failed

Victorian independent MP Geoff Shaw has sided with Labor in a failed bid to change part of the coalition's forced adoption bill.

Controversial independent MP Geoff Shaw has sided with Labor in a failed bid to change the government's adoption legislation.

Mr Shaw has attacked the government over the bill, especially penalties for parents who contact their adult adopted children against their wishes.

People who do so face fines of more than $8000 under the changes.

Mr Shaw on Thursday voted with the opposition in a failed bid to have the government redraft its bill after further

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Fight for Daughter Could Change Law in Kansas

on Fri, 05/18/2012 - 17:07

Topeka, Kan. — A mother said her daughter was taken away from her and she’s never been allowed her day in court to fight for her child. The woman’s story has now inspired lawmakers to look into what they can do to change the system.

Karen Williams finally had a day in court Tuesday, but it wasn’t the custody hearing she had hoped for. She went to the Kansas Appellate Court arguing that her constitutional rights were violated when a Douglas County judge removed her daughter from her custody all based on the word of a court appointed case manager.

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Death of Dominic James led to changes in foster-care system RIP Dominic James

on Tue, 04/24/2012 - 08:24

Father says memory of his son keeps him fighting for reform

Sidney James hides what haunts him.

His broad smile and vibrant personality draw people to him easily and comfortably. But beneath the surface is a lingering bitterness.

James lost his only son nearly 10 years ago. The boy, 2-year-old Dominic, was killed by his foster father.

“He took my son’s life. But he only got 15 years,” James lamented.

His anger toward the man who still denies the murder is to be expected. But James also has a relentless resentment toward Missouri’s child welfare system.

“These people feel above the